Virtual Event: Nicole Krauss

presenting

To Be a Man:
Stories

in conversation with JOSHUA COHEN

Date

Nov
11
Wednesday
November 11, 2020
7:00 PM

Location

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Tickets

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Harvard Book Store and Harvard Hillel welcome writer NICOLE KRAUSS—author of the acclaimed, bestselling novels The History of Love and Forest Dark—for a discussion of her widely anticipated story collection, To Be a Man. She will be joined in conversation by celebrated novelist and essayist JOSHUA COHEN, author of Witz and Book of Numbers.

Ticketing

All tickets include a hardcover copy of To Be a Man.

About To Be a Man

In one of her strongest works of fiction yet, Nicole Krauss plunges fearlessly into the struggle to understand what it is to be a man and what it is to be a woman, and the arising tensions that have existed from the very beginning of time. Set in our contemporary moment, and moving across the globe from Switzerland, Japan, and New York City to Tel Aviv, Los Angeles, and South America, the stories in To Be a Man feature male characters as fathers, lovers, friends, children, seducers, and even a lost husband who may never have been a husband at all.

The way these stories mirror one other and resonate is beautiful, with a balance so finely tuned that the book almost feels like a novel. Echoes ring through stages of life: aging parents and new-born babies; young women’s coming of age and the newfound, somewhat bewildering sexual power that accompanies it; generational gaps and unexpected deliveries of strange new leases on life; mystery and wonder at a life lived or a future waiting to unfold. To Be a Man illuminates with a fierce, unwavering light the forces driving human existence: sex, power, violence, passion, self-discovery, growing older. Profound, poignant, and brilliant, Krauss’s stories are at once startling and deeply moving, but always revealing of all-too-human weakness and strength.

Praise for To Be a Man

“This triumphant first collection from Nicole Krauss crisscrosses the globe in 10 ambitious stories written over two decades that wrestle with sexuality, desire, and human connection . . . This is a spectacular book.” —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review

“This collection of stories from Krauss is a wonder, with the author’s signature straddling of the tragic and the absurd, her particularly Jewish frame of reference, and the extraordinary range of her narrative voice . . . A tremendous collection from an immensely talented writer.” —Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review

“What defines a life well-lived?...Krauss winningly explores these and other weighty issues in a home run of a short story collection . . . Above all, these stories pay homage to strong women. As female characters mature, they find resilience in the power they wield despite societal constraints.” —Booklist, Starred Review

Joshua Cohen
Joshua Cohen

Joshua Cohen

Joshua Cohen is the author of the novels Moving Kings, Book of Numbers, Witz, A Heaven of Others, and Cadenza for the Schneidermann Violin Concerto; the short fiction collection Four New Messages, and the nonfiction collection Attention: Dispatches from a Land of Distraction. Called “a major American writer” by the New York Times, “maybe America’s greatest living writer” by the Washington Post, and “an extraordinary prose stylist, surely one of the most prodigious at work in American fiction today” by The New Yorker, Cohen was awarded the 2013 Matanel Prize for Jewish Writers, and in 2017 was named one of Granta’s Best Young American Novelists. A new novel, The Netanyahus, will be published in 2021.

Nicole Krauss
Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss

Nicole Krauss is the author of the novels Forest Dark, Great House, The History of Love, and Man Walks Into a Room. Her work has appeared in the New Yorker, Harper’s, Esquire, and The Best American Short Stories, and her books have been translated into more than thirty-five languages. She is currently the inaugural writer-in-residence at Columbia University’s Mind, Brain, and Behavior Institute. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

Photo Credit: Goni Riskin

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Harvard Hillel is the catalyst for Jewish life, community and personal exploration at Harvard. Their mission is to provide every Jewish Harvard student appropriate grounding for making meaningful Jewish choices in a complex and changing world. Learn more about Harvard Hillel here.

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